The Supreme Court has sacked governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State.
The top court, in a unanimous judgment by a seven-man panel of justices that was led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, ruled that Emeka who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was not duly elected.
Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun who delivered the lead judgment then declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the real winner of the governorship contest that held in Imo state on March 9, 2019.
The Supreme Court then ordered the instant withdrawal of the Certificate of Return that was issued to Ihedioha.
It added that a new Certificate of Return should be issued to Uzodinma forthwith and he should be sworn in instantly as the governor of Imo state.
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Rt. Hon Chief Sir Emeka Ihedioha (born 24 March 1965) is a Nigerian politician and Businessman. He served as Governor of Imo State. He was removed from office by the January 14th 2020 Supreme Court judgement. He is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member and represented the Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala Federal Constituency of Imo State. He was also the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives. He holds a National Honor as Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).
In 2015, he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives following the defection of Aminu Tambuwal to APC. He became Governor in 2019, winning the Gubernatorial race.
Ihedioha was born on 24 March 1965 at Mbutu Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area in Imo State, South-East Nigeria.
He attended Town School Mbutu in Aboh Mbaise and completed same at SDA Primary School Abule Oja, Yaba in 1976. He had his secondary education at St. Ephraim’s Secondary School, Owerrinta in present-day Abia State. He then proceeded to the University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.SC) degree in Food Science and Technology, in 1988.
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